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October 8, 2007 at 2:52 PM

Forrester to free safety? Other notes

In my quick glance at the UW depth chart earlier today I overlooked the fact that the Huskies may be making a slight change at the safety position, moving Mesphin Forrester from strong safety to free safety to take the place of the injured Jason Wells.
Forrester has started the first five games at strong safety but is listed at free safety this week.
The depth chart has Darin Harris listed as the starter at free safety with Nate Williams as the backup.
Asked about that today, UW coach Tyrone Willingham said that there “could be a lot of movement” at the safety spot this week as the Huskies seek to figure out the best way to make up for Wells’ absence. Wells may have surgery this week on his knee injury which could sideline him for the year.
The reason for the change is that UW coaches may prefer a more experienced player at free safety as that position is required to do more in terms of playcalling and aligning the linebackers and the rest of the secondary.
Willingham said Harris is “the obvious starter” at the other safety spot as of now, but that things could change this week.
UW secondary coach J.D. Williams often refers to the safety positions as interchangeable and players often work at both in practice.
WILLINGHAM 1-1 VS. ERICKSON — Someone asked about Willingham’s record against Dennis Erickson and there it is. Stanford and Willingham beat Erickson and his Oregon State team 21-17 in Palo Alto in 1999. OSU beat Stanford 38-6 in Corvallis in 2000. The two teams didn’t play in 2001 before Willingham moved on to Notre Dame.

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